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Shaq's Teacher Gets To See Him Play; She Fed Him Half Her Lunch In School

Shaq's teacher gets to see him play
NBA star: 'She was great to me'

Monday, April 10, 2006; Posted: 7:34 p.m. EDT (23:34 GMT)


Annette Swann leans on Shaquille O'Neal after watching his Miami Heat team play the Orlando Magic Sunday.

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Annette Swann thought the not-so-little fourth grader needed more sustenance than the school lunch could provide, so she slipped the growing boy half her meal each day.

Shaquille O'Neal never forgot his teacher's kindness.

Swann and her prized former pupil were reunited over the weekend, when she saw the only three-time NBA champion to come through her Fort Stewart, Georgia, classroom play in person for the first time. Swann and her daughter had eighth-row seats -- courtesy of Shaq -- for Miami's 93-84 loss to Orlando on Sunday.

"He's still just Shaq to me," the 76-year-old Swann said after the game, as she wore a replica O'Neal jersey and held a bouquet of flowers -- also gifts from the Heat center. "It doesn't matter what he has or what he does."

Mama 'was his champion'
The trip was supposed to be a gift from Swann's daughter, Amy, who simply wanted to cheer her mother up from a recent rough patch. In recent years, Swann spent 15 days in a hospital with pneumonia, then learned her lifelong home will soon be torn down in a road-widening project, her daughter said.

But for one night, all the problems were forgotten.

"Because of his size, the other teachers tended to blame him for any mischief that occurred in his vicinity," Swann's daughter told The Augusta Chronicle -- which forwarded the family's story to the Heat media relations department. "Well, Mama wasn't having any of that. She was his champion."

Coincidentally, O'Neal told a group of students last week at a Heat reading event that Swann was his favorite teacher, even before he knew she was making a trip to South Florida.

When O'Neal heard Swann was coming to Miami, he also arranged hotel accommodations for the family, gave her an autographed game sneaker -- big enough to become Swann's new desk, her daughter joked -- and made sure he thanked her for the help and guidance she gave him a quarter-century ago.

"I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent, class clown," O'Neal said. "And she would just say, 'Shaquille, that's not nice.' She was great to me."

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What a great story: Really shows you the value of just being a good-hearted and kind person.

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Yeah, I think everyone has one teacher that championed them during their academic career. But 'Mama' went a step further and made sure her "Shaq" had plenty of food. What a great teacher.
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What a great woman.

My teacher wouldn't let me borrow a pen when mine broke in an exam.
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It's about time.
If I became a big shot like Shaq, this would have been the first thing I would have done outside of thanking my family and friends for always supporting me.

A lot of people have that teacher who was never forgettable because of the things he/she would do out of their way.
These teachers who believed a little motivation with just a little bit of talent and a stead-fast determination is enough to accomplish anything.
I'm just wondering if any of you would wait until he/she was on their possible deathbed about to lose their lifelong home to go out your way to thank them.

It was still a very kind gesture nevertheless.

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yea, we can never forget kind teachers we had in our whole life...
I was fortunate to get very good teachers...
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It's about time.
If I became a big shot like Shaq, this would have been the first thing I would have done outside of thanking my family and friends for always supporting me.
lol ... how do you know its the first time he thanked her?

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I bet my favorite teacher dont even remember my ass.


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Way to go Shaq My favourite teacher taught me when I was in stage 3 ( 7 years old) in infant (elementary) school in the Caribbean. All her students have had good stuff to say about her over the years, but I'm the luckiest, because we are still friends to this day , actually she is one of my bestest friends on this planet

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What a great woman.

My teacher wouldn't let me borrow a pen when mine broke in an exam.

thats too cold.


This story is just one of the many reasons I like Shaq.
I hope one of my students becomes a B-baller and gets me free tickets to a game one day... But I'm not holding my breath.

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